Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicPaddy cultivation

Topic: Paddy cultivation

After Haryana, now Punjab records rain damage to paddy. Farmers to ‘wait & watch’, may seek relief

Jagmohan Singh of BKU (Dakaunda) says farmers expecting 40% loss in early rice varieties. According to experts, crop damage of this nature has taken place after almost a decade.

Cracked earth & nasty weeds: How UP farmers are battling a drought to save their rice crop

In 5 east UP districts, where rice is primary rain-fed crop, the overwhelming sentiment is despair. For most, planting has been delayed by over a month, which means a drop in yield.

Food worries mount for India, as erratic monsoon rains cause 13% lag in area under paddy

According to govt data, the area under paddy cultivation is lagging by 3.7 million hectares compared to last year in states like West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, Chhattisgarh & Odisha.

This paddy cultivation technique is Punjab govt’s answer to ‘save water, avoid crisis’

Worried that water will likely become a big political issue in Punjab in coming years, AAP govt pushing for wider adoption of 'direct seeding of rice' for paddy cultivation.

Telangana could stop producing parboiled rice: Crisis for lakhs of farmers, KCR-BJP trade blame

Central govt refused to procure parboiled rice produced in Rabi season, and Telangana has asked farmers not to cultivate rice. Experts say parties politicking over genuine problem.

Punjab CM Channi requests Centre to withdraw its order postponing paddy procurement

Meanwhile, the Haryana BKU chief has said farmers will protest outside houses of MPs, MLAs of ruling BJP-JJP in the state if the govt fails to begin paddy procurement on 1 October.

Black rice, the ‘forbidden’ grain that earned UP’s Chandauli big UNDP praise and good profit

Chanduali produces the ‘healthier’ black rice. The produce is in high demand and is being exported to Australia and New Zealand.

Stubble burning in Punjab up 67%, govt officials blame lockdown for early paddy cultivation

Punjab govt has taken a number of steps to curb stubble burning, but has still registered 16,058 incidents between 21 September and 26 October this year.

Punjab paddy farmers say labour costs have doubled as local workers demand higher wages

Farmers in Punjab have to now rely on local workforce due to labour shortage after migrant workers’ exodus. Many have had to buy direct seeding machines.

Why Punjab’s farmers are dumping water-guzzling paddy for cash-crop cotton

The area under cotton cultivation in Punjab is expected to increase to at least 5 lakh hectares this year from 3.9 lakh hectares in 2019.

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